Originally Posted by gamest
I have never actually used Macros, RTI, iRule before. So, this is all new to me. I have heard of them but I know very little about how the interface works. I was informed by an old friend of mine that after programming a sequence for his projector(not sure what he used), of power on wait x-sec if no signal switch to input 2 and so on (I cannot remember the point). He flashed the device ie cycled power and was locked out with an error that could not be cleared using the normal methods. After speaking with the manufacture they asked him why he did not follow the “programming design rules” and that he had to send back the projector to be fixed. It was his fault but made me a little concerned in try and program some conditional case that maybe is an illegal sequence for Epson projectors. I also noticed in the rs232 list of commands on Epsons website showed some commands I was rather amazed they let anyone change like thermal shut down ignore conditions, wow really? Maybe you are right, now theirs safety in place to stop any installer from causing problems that happened back in the day. Remember, I am tiring to have one click of a button, power one projector on, the other off(safely) and open/close currents. I am also a very poor programmer but you are right, it seems like it should not be that hard as long as I know exactly what I am doing. I am still a little confused in the details to use the devices mentioned here and I think I will just have to chose one and spend some time experimenting, reading manuals. Or, maybe someone here has examples of what they did wiring, program and all? Thanks for the reply and I will post the final design and pictures when I am done.
First, and no offense intended, I can't say that I agree with your conclusions, your plans or reasons for them, but if that's the way you want to go, it's pretty straightforward to do...
The hardest part with any of those solution is learning how to program the specific controlling device, not the PJ. Some are harder than others. Based on your stated occupation, you should not find it hard to learn/teach yourself. There's plenty of people here or at Remote Central who will help you with any of them. The least expensive option mentioned is iRule (link here
) and the Global Cache IP->RS232 (or IR) converters. If you'd like to purchase any of the remote control products mentioned, I'm a dealer for all of them, we'll fix you up.
Let's take possibly the the simplest example, or maybe the most common anyway: A URC remote (e.g. MX-780 link here
) and a URC RF base station (MRF-260 link here
) with multiple IR out ports. You wire an IR blaster to each PJ. The blaster is literally stuck to the "eye" of the IR port on the PJ so the other PJ won't "see" it. You set up your devices in their software and assign each device to an IR output port. You program a macro on the remote to a button. The macro is simply a list of commands instead of the one command for one button press. So maybe you have button that says "watch 2.35". That executes the macro of:
Turn on Receiver
Turn on 2.35 projector (it will only send the command out that PJ's IR port)
Turn on video device, cable box, BluRay, whatever.
Want to watch your other PJ, have the same type macro.
Want to switch, make a 2.35->16:9 macro that says
Turn off 2.35 PJ
Turn on 16:9 PJ
And an opposite one for switching the other way.
Learn a little programing and you can get fancier and do things like have a button that says switch PJ and some if-the-else logic, if 2.35 PJ is on, turn it off, turn 16:9 PJ on, elseif 16:9 is on, turn it off, turn 2.35 on.
What are you going to do when watching your 2.35 PJ and there is content you want/need to see but it is off-screen? For example a BluRay menu across the bottom of a 16:9 window?